Who are we now?

Jan 6, 2020

We have undergone a lot of staffing changes this last year and so here is a quick recap of who Coko is now. Included are staff and Board Members. Added below in no particular order.

Adam Hyde, Founder

Adam brings publishing and technical leadership as well as pioneering insights into collaborative knowledge production methods and technologies. Adam was awarded the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Shuttleworth Fellowship from which he provided the original seed funding for Coko.


Charlie Ablett, Board Member

Charlie is now a Senior Backend Developer at GitLab. For several years Charlie worked as lead dev on the INK project which we started in 2016 and completed in 2018. We feel extremely proud Charlie has agreed to return and lend her vast experience as a developer to the Coko thinking.


Dione Mentis, Special Projects Manager

Dione is an independent publishing consultant with over 10 years experience in the industry. Her expertise lies in educational content production, particularly digital-first, multi-format books. Dione joins Coko as a ‘special projects’ manager working with several initial projects involving Editoria.


Alison McGonagle-O’Connell, Board Member

Publishing Consultant. Alison worked for Coko until recently as the Editoria Community Manager and now joins both our Advisory Board and the Editoria Advisory Group. Alison has always been someone we enjoy working with and are delighted to be working with Alison in this capacity going forward.


Faith Bosworth, Media Writer

Faith is a writer, facilitator, activist, thinker. Faith’s experience and skills in organising and communication in the NGO sector are now being put to good use at Coko. She assists with much of the communication and content strategy for us, especially with our series of collaboratively written blog posts, and we love having Faith as part of the team.


Heidi Erceg, Board Member

Director Titoki Consulting. Business consultant and strategist for both companies and non-profits. Heidi has worked in radio in the highly competitive New Zealand market and moved on to strategic consultancy at the highest levels of commerce in New Zealand. Heidi brings strategic wisdom and advice to the Coko Advisory Board.


Jure Triglav, PubSweet Lead Developer

Jure is a medical doctor who, near the end of his studies, became more interested in software development, specifically the role it plays in enabling free access to important bits of information. Jure joined Coko in September 2015 as a developer tasked with building a component-based framework – PubSweet.


Sidorela Uku, Platform Developer

Sidorela is a front-end developer and really passionate about open source projects and open knowledge contributing for more than 4 years to open source projects such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap and Nextcloud. Sidorela is working with Danjela from our new Albanian office.


Danjela Shehi, Platform Developer

Danjela has been engaged mostly in development of enterprise applications with different technologies in back end and front-end for more than four years. Since 2019 Danjela joined Coko as a full stack developer. Danjela is working closely with Sidorela from the Tirana office and in close collaboration with the broader Coko dev team.


Tim O’Reilly, Board Member

Tim O’Reilly is well known within publishing and tech circles. Tim has been very generous with his time providing great feedback on Cokos’ strategic direction. In particular Tim gave some very good feedback about the shape of the Open Publishing Awards which helped make it a success.


Evan Henshaw-Plath (Rabble), Board Member,

Rabble is a technologist who explores the intersection of product, engineering, and the political systems in which they exist. His passion is in the space of new emerging start-ups and making the world a better place through civic technology projects. Evan is our newest Board Member.


Karien Bezuidenhout, Board Member

Director, Shuttleworth Foundation. Long time friend of Coko, the Shuttleworth Foundation provided the first seed funding for Coko based on Founder Adam Hyde’s Fellowship. Karien has been an invaluable allie and mentor for Adam and Coko over the last 5 years and we look to many more years working together.


John Chodacki, Board Member

Director, University of California Curation Center (UC3) at California Digital Library. John was there at the beginning of Coko and helped shaped the original idea. Recently John helped a lot with the formation and organisation of the Open Publishing Awards. We are happy he stays with us!


Peter Brantley, Board Member

Director of Online Strategy, University of California Davis Library. Peter Brantley is well known in publishing as the founder of the very important Books in Browsers conference series and the Read2.0 list. We hope to involve Peter more in the plans for Editoria going forward.


Raewyn Whyte, PubSource and Copy Editing

Raewyn is our copy editor, and manages the PubSource news items. Raewyn Whyte is an editor, indexer, and dance critic who writes for web and print. Raewyn is also a remote copy editor for Book Sprints Limited and the dance editor for the New Zealand performing arts archive Theatreview.


Yannis Barlas, Platform (Micropublications) Developer

Yannis has many years experience developing full stack applications and was the first platform developer to join Coko. Yannis is working on the rapid and robust development of front end components for PubSweet including those used by the Editoria platform. He now currently works on a Micropublications platform.


Giannis Kopanas, Platform Developer

Giannis is a full stack engineer with more than ten years of experience in Web Applications. Giannis built the xpub-collabra journal platform on PubSweet, and then worked with Alexis on Editoria. Giannis will work with Dione, Sidorela and Danjela on a new project to be announced shortly.


Anne Erika Schmidt, Exec Assistant and Logistics

Anne has been the executive assistant of Coko founder Adam Hyde since 2018. Anne also manages projects at Book Sprints. Before she joined the team she was a research associate in the field of art history at Humboldt University Berlin. She also worked at different NGO´s in the social field where she was in charge for project management and finance.


Tony Wasserman, Board Member

Professor of Software Management Practice, Carnegie Mellon, Silicon Valley, & Executive Director, Center for Open Source Investigation. Tony has been involved in so many interesting and foundational open source projects, and we are honored to have his voice added to the Coko Advisory Board.


Alexis Georgantas, Platform (Editoria) Developer

Alexis is a full stack engineer. He joined Coko as a frontend engineer in order to contribute to the development of PubSweet components. Since then Alexis has been appointed the lead developer on Editoria and leads the development on the community Feature Proposal process.


Patricia Wagner, Events and Merchandise

Patricia co-ordinates our events and the design and production of our merchandise. Patricia was born in Germany but grew up in Chile, where she studied advertising. 10 years ago Patricia returned to Germany to live in Berlin to finish fashion design studies at the Universität der Künste.


Henrik van Leeuwen, UX

Henrik is something of a design guru from the Netherlands. He received his graphic design master degree from the Sandberg Institute and works on interactive projects with his brother, Henrik is interested in hardware development and has extensive expertise in interaction and graphic design. Henrik also works for Book Sprints and does all the UX work for Coko.